When I say I love having a morning routine, I really love having a morning routine. It’s the same everyday, it takes me the same amount of time (give or take how many times I snooze my alarm or if I get stuck in an Instagram black hole– thanks Kim) which is actually less time than I thought now that I’ve really timed it for this post…
Wake up. Stumble out of bed, puffy eyes.
1 min: Splash cold water on face.
45 seconds: Use Cetaphil cleanser and try to rub the puffiness out of my skin while cleaning it!
45 seconds: Pat dry and use either Creme de La Mer cream, rubbed and warmed up between my palms, or Embryollise cream when I’m travelling and try to give myself a mini face massage pushing upwards and around the temples.
5 min: My no makeup makeup. Use Charlotte Tilbury’s concealer in #2 Fair under my eyes, around my nose and to touch up any dark spots. I’ve also grown addicted to using her Wonder Glow primer for a soft irridescence along my cheekbones. I’ll use a Laura Mercier Creme Eye Liner in a pot that I’ll put a cat eye flourish with her eye liner angled brush and it stays on all day/night. Will curl my eyelashes using my Shu Uemera curler, and then use the Charlotte Tilbury black mascara, which doesn’t run or clump and is my new mascara nirvana. Lipstick wise, I’ll either go with a deep red by Tom Ford, Shisheido or recently a fave from Kanebo, otherwise I’ll use Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream on my lips to moisturize and give a hint of shine.
Then I use the Charlotte Tilbury black mascara, which doesn’t run or clump and is my new mascara nirvana.
10 min: My showers are usually 10 minutes long, very hot, and I use Original & Mineral Hydrate & Conquer Shampoo and Conditioner which has really helped to tamed my frizz – it’s expensive but worth it. I’ll use Coco Chanel Noir body wash, and once I’m out, Jergens moisturizer all over.
My hair is the trickiest – if I’m running late, it just goes in a bun with an attempt to tame my frizzies with Aveda High Gloss serum that smells delicious and reminds me of my teens. If I’ve showered, I’ll work through some serum in my wet hair, and tie it in a braid, finishing off with L’Oreal Wet Look Gel. It usually only stays put with wet look gel!
Total Time: 17 minutes, 30 seconds.
Pali always tells me that showering upon waking is the best way to wake up but I go straight from bed to the kitchen and make coffee!
5 min: I take quick showers in the morning and long baths at night. I wash my hair every other day in the shower with Pureology shampoo. I use Santa Maria Novella carnation soap as a body cleanser and wash my face with Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Wash. Towards the end of my shower I spray a little eucalyptus oil above my head…it opens up my sinuses and makes my bathroom smell like a spa.
I go straight from bed to the kitchen and make coffee!
7 min: I get out and apply Complex 15 body lotion all over (really fast it’s kind of comical) and I use Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum on my face (I’m a Joanna Vargas devotee). Oh and I use Clarins roll-on deodorant!
8 min: Lastly, I blow dry my hair a little (without technique and upside down) and spray some perfume in it. If I remember I dab on Cle de Peau concealer and use Kevyn Aucoin mascara. Usually I have an outfit vision in the shower but some days I have to try on 50 things before going back to my first choice.
My whole morning routine takes about 20 minutes start to finish. Baths are another story.
Total Time: 20 Minutes
10 mins: Shower. I shower everyday (I have to wash my hair. There are only about 2 days out of the year when the hair gods look down upon me and say, “Go forth Alex. Your hair won’t be greasy today.”). I wash my face in the shower with my Tata Harper cleanser to save a little bit of time. I use this bar of lavendar soap my mom got me at Columbus Ave. Flea Market and John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary shampoo. I rarely use conditioner because I feel like it makes my hair greasy (maybe I’m doing it all wrong) but when I do it’s John Masters Organics also.
Go forth, Alex. Your hair won’t be greasy today.
3 mins: Brush my hair, spray in my Balmain Hair texturizing spray (it’s probably my fanciest feeling product and helps me in my never ending quest to achieve French girl hair), apply Tata Harper Floral Essence.
5 mins: Apply moisturizer (also Tata Harper) and Chantecaille SPF 50 primer. I’ll waste a few extra minutes checking Instagram/making a Nespresso while giving moisturizer a little bit of time to soak in.
3 mins: My hair is just about dry at this point (I try to avoid my blow dryer and let my hair air dry, so I draw out my routine to give time for that). I’ll part it (down the middle) and apply another round of texturizer, this time Aveda’s Volumizing Tonic. Shake hair like maniac and hope for the best.
5 mins: Brush teeth then apply a lipstick (pick a color, any color). If I had a dollar for every time I applied my lipstick before brushing my teeth I would be rich. Spritz of perfume (currently, the new Eau de Toilette from Carven) and I’m out the door.
Total Time: 33 minutes
3 min: I brush my teeth with a vibrating toothbrush. I really try to be careful and not brush too fast or too harsh. I care about my gums you guys! Brushing your teeth should be 3 min minimum. It’s long, so I listen to a a song and usually try to sing at the same time, which makes Scott laugh… a lot.
10 min: I shower every morning after my breakfast and I wash my hair every other day. I do it while listening to music (right now, I have a reggae obsession) and I may or may not sing from the top of my lungs (and dance, obv) in the shower.
I use Corriander Seed shower gel by Aesop and any shampoo and conditioner that comes my way, cause since my hair is short, it doesn’t really make a difference AND I LOVE THAT FACT.
I may or may not sing at the top of my lungs in the shower.
After the shower if I’m not lazy / in a rush, I lotion my body with some deliciousness by Aesop, again.
I love, love essential oils scents.
Okay then face, this is fast. I use Bioderma Crealine, dry it by giving myself gentle slaps (no idea where this habit came from but love doing that), and then apply Tata Harper serum, Tata Harper moisturizer and Colbert MD eye cream.
(This is when the time consuming thing happens, aka picking out my outfit, but thank god it’s not the subject of the day. If not add an extra half hour for that. I just can’t make choices.)
5 min: After that I do my make up, in order: By Terry foundation, concealer by Benefit, NARS powder, Guerlain Terracotta, Chanel pink blush (I know so many face colors! It’s almost like I’m contouring!!! EXaCTLy!!!), NARS eyeshadow and Benefit Brow Zing.
That’s it! And then I always have a lip gloss / lipstick somewhere in my pockets or my bag. I apply it on my way.
I splash myself with my perfume of the moment, the Bonpoint cologne, and I’m ready.
Total Time: 18 Minutes
How long does it take you to get ready? Do you have a routine or does it change everyday?